rich menga books search contact

***Secret FSR Fender guitars? Yes, they exist, and they're right here

Amazon links are affiliated. Learn more.

Olympus xD picture card compatibility troubles

Since purchasing my Olympus SP-320 digital camera, my two biggest complaints are:

1. Eats up AA batteries for breakfast.

This digital camera should have been designed to take three AA's instead of two. Granted, if you take nothing but pictures alone (which is what it was designed to do), the batteries will last all day. However, record any video with it and it'll suck the life right out of it - literally.

Solution: I keep video recording to a minimum and buy 24-packs of Ray-O-Vac AA batteries at Wal-Mart. It's only eight bucks for these and it takes me a long time to go thru them. I keep the package behind the seat of my truck because whenever I need them, because I usually only need the camera when I'm out and about somewhere.

Tip to anyone with this camera: Don't bother buying lithium ion batteries. Stick with the cheap-o's. You'll save a ton of money.

2. Stupid proprietary USB port.

The SP-320 has a mini-USB port that only works with the cable provided with the camera. Want a spare? There are none available.

. . .

So anyway, the battery thing I can deal with.

The USB cable thing has always bothered me. What happens if this cable ever fails? Am I doomed to never get the data off the camera and into my computer?

I figured there must be a solution to this. So I headed over to Ritz Camera at the Citrus mall in Tampa. I spoke with one of the salespeople. They didn't have that specific Olympus USB cable. I wasn't surprised because no one else has it either.

They did, however, have a 20-in-1 USB card reader. I was told by the sales guy that it would fit xD picture cards.


I bring it home, unpack it, and...

The stupid xD card won't fit in it. This 20-in-1 card reader can literally fit every other format except xD.


I bring it back. The sales guy was surprised because this card reader is supposed to be compatible with everything.

However, there was an alternative.

Another USB card reader was available that was xD only. And it was five bucks cheaper.

Ritz Camera refunded me for the 20-in-1 and sold me the xD-only card reader.

Success! It works.

Price: $20.00

Yeah, I know, that sounds like a lot - but in reality it isn't because if I wanted another one of those stupid proprietary USB cables from Olympus, it almost costs the same price.

This little xD card reader plugs into any standard USB port on any computer. You pop the xD card out of the SP-320, insert it into the reader, plug into the computer and ta-da, all the data is available.

I'm happy that I now have an alternative means of getting the data off the xD card.


Best ZOOM R8 tutorial book
highly rated, get recording quick!

***Guitar deals & steals? Where? Right here. Price drops, B-stock and tons more.
🔥 Popular Articles 🔥
Casio F-91W
Casio F-91W cheat sheet
A quick guide on how to set the time, date and a few other tips and tricks.
The BOSS DS-1 is an awful guitar pedal
Yes, I think this pedal sucks...
Casio W59
Casio W59 is better than Casio F-91W
Bigger buttons = better watch.
Fender Esquire
The 5 types of guitars you should never buy
Some guitars that exist where the day after you buy them, you know you've made a mistake.
Gibson Marauder
Gibson's "Norlin era" electric guitars
Norlin era Gibsons are some of the worst guitars Gibson ever made. Find out why.
Fender FSR Mahogany Blacktop Stratocaster HH
The Blacktop Stratocaster Fender got right, FSR Mahogany HH
Blacktop Stratocaster. Remember that one? Probably. Remember the FSR Mahogany version? No? It exists, and it's cool.
⭐ Recent Articles ⭐
Fender FSR Mahogany Blacktop Stratocaster HH
The Blacktop Stratocaster Fender got right, FSR Mahogany HH
Blacktop Stratocaster. Remember that one? Probably. Remember the FSR Mahogany version? No? It exists, and it's cool.
Jackson JS11 Dinky
Jackson JS11 Dinky, the ultimate project guitar?
When it comes to ready-to-mod guitars, it doesn't get much better than this.
Gibson L6-S, a Norlin era beast from the 1970s
Oh, no... not another Norlin era Gibson.
1960 Fender Musicmaster
Fender Musicmaster might be the ultimate retirement guitar
It's real-deal Fender vintage, it's available, and there's one other rather nice advantage to owning one of these.
Gretsch G2655T Streamliner Brownstone Maple
The easiest Bigsby? Gretsch G2655T Streamliner
When you want a Bigsby vibrato on a genuinely well-built guitar for not a lot of money, you go Gretsch.
Epiphone Les Paul Standard 60s Bourbon Burst
Almost perfect, Epiphone Les Paul Standard '60s Bourbon Burst
There is a whole lot of wow to this Les Paul.